The caming out of magma in the most terrible eruption (March 1669) destroyed the villages along the way to Catania (included west Catania), and produced a deep rift near Nicolosi, that was named “Monti Rossi” (Red Mountains), “red” like the color of the detritus that formed them. Climbing the mountain was an important stage for those who wanted to see the long road to arrive on the summit of Etna. Here GOETHE celebrated with a poem the Etna landscape, beautiful and horrible at the same time.
On Goethe bicentenary celebration about his journey to Sicily (1787-1987), a monument of lava stone was erected and located at the beginning of the path walked by him.
E- Excursion level
|Difference in altitude||120 m|
1 h 30 m
|Recommended clothing||Hiking boots|
|Height||822 meters above sea level|